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Introduction to post-GDR literature (novels)

Taught by Cho, Yun Chu

Wednesday, 10:00 - 12:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Raum 0323-26

Course taught in German 

Language Requirements: German B2, English B1

 

Course description

In this seminar, students will get an overview on various facets of post-GDR
literature. Especially the novel as medium of memory will be examined. After analyzing the
historical background of the German-German separation and unification, an overview of how Germany is dealing with the past through post-GDR literature (novels) will be given. Main subjects are: a little introduction on the unification-history, overview of “Wendeliteratur“, introduction to post-GDR literature, “Wende“ as event: urnaround and change of the “Wendezeit“, humour and laconic speech, literary depictions of losses and fears, “Heimatbilder“, “(N)ostalgie“, collective and communicative memory, forms and fucntions of silencing in post-GDR literature, Berlin and the wall, dealing with the past, refurbishment of the past.
The reading workload should be fun and show the students how memory and coming
to terms with the past of huge historical events are carried out.
 

Methodology and learning perspectives

A profound reading of the primary literature (or excerpts) is a prerequisite for all classes.
During each session, a part of the latest German history shall be understood and
reconstructed. Term-accompanied, a written task of about 10 pages on a topic of the course field must be handed in in German for evaluation and ETSC-points.
On the HU-moodle platform, texts and discussion papers will be uploaded by the students, so every course participant can prepare him- or herself for each class.
The reading workload should be fun and give the students a small overview of post-GDR
literature. The presentations in German (DaF) will prepare students for scientific
presentations in their further academic lives. Subsequent discussions shall be a good practice for free speaking in an academic surrounding. The written task will enhance the students’ written language in German. Preferably, students will obtain more interest in post-GDR literature through this course.
 

Requirements

This course is open to all students who are interested in the development and tendencies of post-GDR literature, especially the event „Wende“ with the background of Berlin, who like to approach literature with interdisciplinary ideas.
For this course, a knowledge of German on B2 level and English on B1 level is required.
Regular attendance, a (group-)presentation of 15 minutes and afterwards a discussion on the topic with the class is obligatory. A paper of about 10 pages will be handed in at the end of the semester for marking (ETCS-points).
 

Literature

Primary literature (partly excerpts)

  • Brussig, Thomas: Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (1999) (Please prepare book for the start of the new term).
  • Brussig, Thomas: Wie es leuchtet (2004).
  • Loest, Erich: Nikolaikirche (1995).
  • Schacht, Ulrich: Verrat. Die Welt hat sich gedreht (2001).
  • Schulze, Ingo: Simple Storys (1998).
  • Tellkamp, Uwe: Der Turm (2008).

 

Secondary literature (Excerpts)

  • Assmann, Aleida: Geschichte im Gedächtnis (2007).
  • Brunner, Claudia und von Seltmann, Uwe: Schweigen die Täter, reden die Enkel (2006).
  • Erll, Astrid: Kollektives Gedächtnis und Erinnerungskulturen (2005).
  • Erll, Astrid and Nünning, Ansgar (Eds.): A companion to cultural memory studies (2010).
  • Erll, Astrid and Rigney, Ann (Eds.): Mediation, remediation, and the dynamics of cultural memory (2012).
  • Halbwachs, Maurice: Das Gedächtnis und seine sozialen Bedingungen (1985)
  • Handro, Saskia und Schaarschmidt, Thomas (Hrsg.): Aufarbeitung der Aufarbeitung. Die DDR im geschichts-kulturellen Diskurs (2011).
  • Helbig, Holger (Hrsg.): Weiter schreiben. Zur DDR-Literatur nach dem Ende der DDR (2007).
  • Jahrausch, Konrad H. und Michael Geyer: Zerbrochener Spiegel. Deutsche Geschichten im 20. Jahrhundert (2003).
  • Klinger, Judith und Wolf, Gerhard: Gedächtnis und kultureller Wandel. Erinnerndes Schreiben – Perspektiven und Kontroversen (2009).
  • Liermann, Susanne: Die Vermehrung des Schweigens. Selbstbilder später DDR-Literatur (2012).
  • Luhmann, Niklas und Fuchs, Peter: Reden und Schweigen (1989).
  • Lübbe, Hermann: Vom Parteigenossen zum Bundesbürger (2007).
  • Nibbrig, Christiaan L. Hart: Rhetorik des Schweigens. Über beschwiegene und historisierte Vergangenheiten (1981).
  • Noelle-Neumann: Die Schweigespirale (1980).
  • Wehdeking, Volker (Hrsg.): Mentalitätswandel in der deutschen Literatur zur Einheit (1990-2000)
  • Weinrich, Harald: Lethe. Kunst und Kritik des Vergessens (1997).
  • Welzer, Harald: Das kommunikative Gedächtnis. Eine Theorie der Erinnerung (2002/2011).